A first in a new weekly-biweekly column. The Most Wanted List, a countdown column about different topics or wrestlers in each edition. The inaugural Most Wanted List, TOP TEN MOST OVERRATED! You’ll see many “head scratchers” but remember, this isn’t a “Top Ten Wrestlers I Hate” or “Top Ten Wrestlers Who No One Likes” list, it’s a “Top Ten Most Overrated” list, so yes, fan favorites are going to make this list. I find some of these guys entertaining by the way but as they say ‘a spade is a spade.’
Honorable Mentions: CM Punk – A very sloppy worker at times. While a personal favorite and someone who should be closing the show every night, whether a gimmick or not, he’s far from “Best In The World”.
Zach Ryder – A year ago he may have been number one but he’s rarely on t.v. anymore, which a lot of people are thankful for. Ryder redefined what a “loud chant” means. He may get 200-500 people a show chanting for him but most of the fans don’t seem to care that they don’t see him. If you want a “loud chant” watch old WCW clips of fans chanting “We Want Sting!” Now that’s a loud chant!
Ted DiBiase Jr – A generic look, with a generic move set and a generic attitude. This should be the starting template for a “Create-A-Wrestler” in the WWE video games.
10) Dolph Ziggler – Some made this list because they aren’t talented, others because they don’t deserve their spot. Ziggler however, he made the list because he’s a lower mid card act with next to no marketability. The bleach blond spaghetti hair isn’t helping him move up the card any quicker, nor is his offensive skill set. All Ziggler seems to do is hop around and hit leaping strikes, completely forgetting to bring the fans into the match, resulting in very forgettable performances. A native of Cleveland, Ziggler is someone I want to succeed but his current status, with his current gimmick, is nothing more than a mid card act.
9) Jack Swagger – Ziggler’s now former tag parter was once called the “Second Coming Of Kurt Angle”. Well, you can see he’s everything but that. He’s slow, lumbering, uncoordinated, can’t bring the fans into the match and has the worst mic skills of anyone in the WWE. Yes, Khali gets a better reaction when he talks than Swagger. Swagger is a terrible gimmick with a terrible name, held back by a terrible hair cut and terrible booking. FCW is calling Jack, just answer it.
8) Devon – Just watch Devon in the ring and you can see he’s very unoriginal. He throws a lot of punches, maybe a press slam or a suplex here or there, followed up by an arm bar, then to top it all off: The Spinebuster. He’s a black Arn Anderson and I mean no disrespect to either man for that. The only issue, we knew Anderson was The Enforcer, yet Devon is just…..Devon. Since breaking up with Bully Ray, Devon has yet to really get a unique gimmick that makes him stand out, but the fans don’t seem to care. Each and every week, wherever TNA goes, the fans scream and holler for Devon. He usually gets a top five reaction for being a mid carder with no solid gimmick. If that’s not the definition of overrated, I don’t know what is.
7) The Miz - What needs to be said? One of the least deserving men to ever main event WrestleMania, The Miz has fallen out of favor with management who tried to sell his very basic look and skill set as something unique and special. The backlash was almost instant as the ratings took a huge hit during his reign. Miz showed time and time again with subpar performances that he wasn’t fit for the main event scene. Despite enormous initial support, his fan following took a massive hit and he has yet to regain the fans or managements support since.
6) Matt Morgan – Another guy I enjoyed. His attitude toward many things recently have really rubbed me the wrong way, though that didn’t hurt or help his standing. Morgan gets this slot because every time he gets the shot, he somehow stumbles. In matches with Sting, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson and A.J. Styles, Morgan looked lost and apathetic. It was a bit unnerving to see a man either hold back or just coast by in those matches. With rumors of him going to the WWE, I wish him well, yet don’t expect much out of it.
5) Kelly Kelly – Can I name one worse female wrestler? Velvet Sky believes that “K2″ can’t wrestle. The now ‘kinda gone, kinda still around’ diva, only really got over due to being cute and well…stripping. That didn’t stop her from garnering a large, near Trish and Lita, level fan following. Go figure, a female wrestler who has large numbers of fans, in spite of the fact that she can’t wrestle well. Kelly Kelly proves once again that you don’t need to be talented to get over in the WWE, just be attractive.
4) Hernandez – This one is truly disappointing as I believe that he has an enormous ceiling that he hasn’t even scratched yet. However, he seems to lose his focus at times. Add on the fact that he can, on occasion, get complacent and coast, and you have a guy that despite being a Hall Of Fame caliber tag team wrestler, is the exact opposite on his own. I’ve never seen anyone have so many issues working with so many different styles of wrestlers. Here’s hoping he’s in shape and ready to put it all together.
3) Alberto Del Rio - *throw hands up in the air* The biggest mystery in wrestling. A man with charisma, the right look and talent yet is so damn unbearable to watch! Del Rio, already a former two time WWE Champion, is one of the least entertaining workers in the company. It’s so bad that he’s often kept away from an upper card spot, even if he’s chasing a world title. Del Rio, or “The Mexican JBL”, is quickly heading the way of Sin Cara as a bad investment by the WWE. Some say “you’re only as good as your reaction is”, and if that’s true, people probably forget he’s got talent. I don’t see anyway that Del Rio ever recovers.
2) Chris Jericho – Some guys don’t age well, Jericho is one. I’ve not been a fan of his last two WWE stints. I and a lot like me, find him to be boring and lacking the excitement he once had. The excitement of his character, be it heel or face, was the reason he drew such an enormous reaction. Time however has left Jericho behind. Unable to turn back the clock and capture the magic he once had, Jericho is now forced to use stale and dreadfully boring persona’s to squeeze every bit out of his career as possible. Some may paint me a hypocrite for saying that “Jericho is too old” when I applaud the work of a man in his 50′s on a weekly basis. Well, I’ve been saying that Sting is the Nolan Ryan, Gordie Howe of pro wrestling. He’s once in a life time and basically impossible to repeat if you try. Jericho is not that kind of guy. His quickness made him entertaining and with out it, he’s very lacking in anything that draws people in. He is truly living off of his legacy from 2001-2002. I hope Jericho bows out soon, as his last two stints have done nothing to help his standing.
1) Brock Lesnar - This one can’t surprise you. I mean, you really can’t be shocked. First off, he isn’t even on t.v. anymore. Secondly, he can’t throw a punch with out nearly crippling his opponent. Thirdly, he’s wrestled one match since he came back (which garnered an alarming number of negative responses). With him already off to a bad start and already pissing off people by trying to renegotiate with the UFC, it’s clear Lesnar is not the man they thought he was going to be.
2) Barely seen
4) Doesn’t wrestle
5) Already wants to leave.
I mean, what’s more overrated than a guy who hits all the criteria.